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2008-10-01 09:00:12

By Kim Gamel Associated Press BAGHDAD -- The number of Iraqi security forces killed in September rose by nearly a third to 159 compared with the same period last year, The Associated Press figures showed Tuesday. U.S. troop deaths for the same period fell by nearly 40 percent to 25. The figures are a sign that U.S. military is increasingly relying on the Iraqis, including U.S.-allied Sunni fighters, to take the lead in operations so they can assume responsibility for their own security...

2008-09-26 03:00:23

The Iranian state television news network (IRINN) started live broadcasts from Quds Day rallies in Tehran and Kerman Province at 0645 on 26 September. The fasting demonstrators are chanting "Death to the USA", "Death to Israel" and "God is Great" in Tehran and Kerman Province to express their "hatred for the Zionist regime", the TV said. Quds Day rallies are also being held in Sari Province, the TV added. International Quds Day rallies are being held on the last Friday of the month of...

2008-09-22 00:00:22

By Dharshini Balan; Heidi Foo SEPANG: Being an air traffic controller is not as glamorous as being a pilot or air stewardess, despite their vital role in ensuring safe departure and arrival of aircraft. But they are the ones with the highest level of discipline on the job, and demonstrate great concentration, dedication and level of responsibility. Even during Ramadan, when most Muslims break fast with family and friends, the Muslim ATCs attached to the Department of Civil Aviation...

2008-09-21 00:00:19

By The Associated Press OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A Grand Island meatpacking plant fired at least 86 workers Friday after they walked off the job amid a dispute over prayers during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, company officials said.But a Muslim leader and one of the fired workers said 150 Muslims lost their jobs.JBS Swift & Co. spokeswoman Tamara Smid confirmed 86 firings late Friday, saying the employees were terminated earlier that day for repeatedly leaving work without authorization....

2008-09-20 12:00:41

By Jean Ortiz Associated Press OMAHA, Neb. -- A Grand Island meatpacking plant fired at least 86 workers Friday after they walked off the job amid a dispute over prayers during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, company officials said. But a Muslim leader and one of the fired workers said 150 Muslims lost their jobs. JBS Swift & Co. spokeswoman Tamara Smid confirmed 86 firings late Friday, saying the employees were terminated earlier that day for repeatedly leaving work without...

2008-09-18 15:00:21

Text of report by state-run Iranian radio external service from Mashhad on 18 September With the arrival of Ramadan, Afghan TV networks are broadcasting seven Iranian serials. According to Iranian radio and TV, "She was an angel", "Joseph, the messenger" and "The forbidden fruit" and among the Iranian serials that are being broadcast by Afghan TV networks, among them, Rah-e Farda, Tolo TV, Shamshad TV, Tamadon TV and Lemar TV. Taking into account the religious atmosphere in the holy month...

2008-09-11 09:00:29

Roundup: Bangladesh's food prices at tolerable level during Ramadan following government measures By Wang Xuemei DHAKA, Sept. 10 (Xinhua) -- Bangladesh's apex business association said Wednesday prices of most daily essentials did not increase any more during the last several days after a sharp rise on the beginning of Ramadan early this month. Actually, prices of many food items came down and some others remained stable in last few days, while prices of a few food items went up,...

2008-09-10 12:00:30

The great Egyptian singer Muhammad Munir is scheduled to host a live musical concert at the Egyptian Opera House on the 19th day of Ramadan. The stage is being constructed and new decoration will be added to it for the musical event, featuring special Ramadan lanterns will be added. Munir is scheduled to start his performance singing a religious song and then he will recite prayers which he also recorded for an Egyptian radio station. Munir will not perform songs from his latest album...

2008-09-05 15:00:18

The famous Lebanese artist Haifa Wahbe said that she turned down all offers presented to her to sing during the holy month of Ramadan. Haifa also told her producer Muhsin Jaber that she wants to take a break during the holy month, because she does not believe it is right to sing during the month of worship. Haifa recently hosted a massive live concert at the Carthage Festival in Tunisia. Fans crowded to see her, dancing to her music and singing the words to her old and new songs. At...

2008-09-03 06:00:16

Text of report in English by privately-owned Lebanese newspaper The Daily Star website on 3 September Beirut: For Muslims in Lebanon, there are many traditions associated with the holy month of Ramadan - and not all of them are religious. As well as fasting, praying and giving to charity, many are preparing for another less orthodox Ramadan custom; watching hours of dramatic Egyptian and Syrian soap operas. Beirutis say that during Ramadan, they love to sit with their families and watch...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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